For this ongoing series of work, I combine popular algorithms with traditional romance novels. After scanning all of the covers, I apply Photoshop’s Photomerge feature (originally intended to stitch together photos to make panoramas) to the images to produce dreamy, hybrid landscapes. Because the covers are so similar, the algorithm often finds areas that it believes should overlap. I print these landscapes on porcelain commemorative plates. Each plate also features a Popular Highlight from a romance novel on Kindle.
The source material fits under “Fair Use”. I used content from about 100+ different books chopped up as input for this project. I cut up the book covers into smaller pieces subtracting the text, put all these smaller images in one folder, and I input this content into software algorithms. I do this in iterations. I take the results of what those algorithms produce, and I feed it back into the software to produce the synthesized imagery. I’ve been doing this for almost four years to generate these artworks. Though I can only recognize a handful of books in each plate, the input into each work is all of the 100+ books
For a complete list of sources, see: http://www.sophiabrueckner.com/romance.html
Media: Porcelain plate, romance novels, Photoshop’s Photomerge feature, Kindle Popular Highlights.